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California Bill Would Compel Drugmakers To Justify Price Hikes

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 6:33pm

A bill passed by the California Legislature requires drugmakers to give 60 days' notice before raising a drug's price by 16 percent or more over two years, and to justify the price increase.

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Parents Lobby States To Expand Newborn Screening Test For Rare Brain Disorder

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 3:02pm

There's a genetic test for ALD, the inherited disorder portrayed in the movie Lorenzo's Oil, and the federal government recommends it for all newborns. But only a handful of states offer it routinely.

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Sheer Number Of Casualties Makes Las Vegas Count Difficult

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 2:37pm

Doctors and emergency officials are still trying to figure out exactly how many people were shot in Las Vegas. The wide range of injuries and the sheer number of people injured are challenges.

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FDA's Approval Of A Cheaper Drug For Hepatitis C Will Likely Expand Treatment

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:00am

Mavyret, recently approved by the Food And Drug Administration, can cure hepatitis C in eight weeks, at a cost of $26,400. Though still expensive, that's well below the price of other options.

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Brain's Link To Immune System Might Help Explain Alzheimer's

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 4:55pm

For centuries, scientists thought the human brain had no direct connection to the body's immune system. Now researchers seem to have found one, and say it may offer clues to multiple sclerosis, too.

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For Many Women, The Nearest Abortion Provider Is Hundreds Of Miles Away

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 4:09pm

Abortion providers are far away for many women in the U.S., a report from the Guttmacher Institute finds. That's especially true for women in South Dakota and other states in the Upper Midwest.

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Lapse In Federal Funding Imperils Children's Health Coverage

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:04am

Ten states will start to run out of money for the Children's Health Insurance Program by the end of the year. Most states will be out of CHIP cash by the summer of 2018, if Congress doesn't act.

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Las Vegas Hospitals Call For Backup To Handle Hundreds Of Shooting Victims

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 5:52pm

To manage the volume of gunshot victims from a mass shooting Sunday night that occurred along the Las Vegas Strip, local hospitals used ambulance bays and hallways as triage locations.

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How Messing With Our Body Clocks Can Raise Alarms With Health

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:31pm

The scientists honored with a Nobel Prize in medicine helped discover that every cell in the body has its own clock. When we ignore those clocks, we increase the risk of weight gain and diabetes.

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For Children With Severe Anxiety, Drugs Plus Therapy Help Best

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 9:01am

Children and teens with severe anxiety benefit most from both psychotherapy and medication, a study finds. But it can be hard for families to find and pay for high-quality therapy.

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'Hypoallergenic' And 'Fragrance-Free' Moisturizer Claims Are Often False

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 5:41am

People with skin conditions like eczema need moisturizers to treat their dry, cracked and reddened skin. But research suggests many moisturizers are mislabeled and can make the skin conditions worse.

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For People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, More Exercise Isn't Better

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 5:40am

The Centers for Disease Control has revised recommendations for treating ME/CFS and now says that vigorous exercise can make symptoms worse. Patient advocates say it's a huge victory.

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Many Young Adults With Autism Also Have Mental Health Issues

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 5:00am

Young adults with autism are more likely to have anxiety, depression or other diagnoses than people with other disabilities. And that can make transitioning to adulthood more challenging.

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Flee A Cataclysm, Or Cling To A Doomed Home? Why People Stay May Surprise You

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 7:00am

"You must leave now," thousands of Americans from Puerto Rico to Oregon to Florida, Montana, Texas and beyond were told, as floods, fire and wind threatened their lives. Some said no.

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Price Resigns From Trump Cabinet Amid Private Jet Investigations

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:50pm

HHS Secretary Tom Price, who earned a reputation in the House as a budget hawk critical of government waste, resigned Friday after President Trump criticized him for chartering private jet flights.

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40 Years Of Athletic Support: Happy Anniversary To The Sports Bra

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 3:41pm

Here's a more intimate milestone in women's sports: In 1977, three women sewed two jockstraps together, and the first modern sports bra was born.

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Mommy Mentors Help Fight The Stigma Of Postpartum Mood Disorder

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 5:05am

Postpartum depression and anxiety are common among new mothers, but few talk about these feelings. A Florida nonprofit is hoping to break the cycle by pairing new moms with moms who've been there.

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Breakthrough Pain Treatment Or Snake Oil? You Decide.

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 4:54pm

A painkiller cream is based on sound scientific reasoning, but hasn't undergone tests to prove it works. You can buy it on the Internet, but should you?

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Some States Make It Hard For Teen Moms To Get Pain Relief In Childbirth

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:46pm

Ohio is one of 13 states without a policy allowing a minor to consent, on her own, to pregnancy-linked health care. That means teens who go into labor are sometimes denied epidurals.

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Why Huge Quality Gaps Among Nursing Homes Are Likely To Grow If Medicaid Is Cut

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 5:00am

Medicaid covers about two-thirds of nursing home residents across the U.S., and pays significantly less than other types of insurance, including Medicare.

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